Stay Up to Date with iClass

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Updates and upgrades are a common part of using technology and something most if not all of us have some experience with.

Whether its your smartphone, laptop, home entertainment system or just a social media profile, updates and upgrades are an essential part of using technology.

School websites are no different.

From the technical side of things, updates and upgrades keep your school website safe and secure against malware, viruses and other malicious programs designed to wreak havoc on technology.

From the user’s point of view, updating and upgrading the user interface and user experience ensure your school’s website runs smoothly and is both easy and quick to use.

The iClass content management system provides schools with a unique and evolving website that comes with both ease of use and security built into the build.

It’s extremely easy to update your iClass website with content and media files, enabling you to keep the site looking fresh and filled with the latest developments.

An up to date website is obviously very useful for the parents of attending students, as it allows them to find school info in an instant, but it’s also a great tool driving enrolment and capturing the attention of the parents of prospective parents.

Regardless of your school level, size or location, an up to date and upgraded website is essential if you wish to stand out from the competition.

Get in touch with us today to find out how we can revolutionise your school’s digital identity with the iClass content management system.

Save Time with iClass

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With so much to do and so little time, it’s no wonder why so many educators and teachers are reluctant to get involved with their school’s website.

But regardless of whether you’re a school website administrator, article publisher or simply a blog commenter, iClass simplifies all aspects of running a school website.

It’s designed with the user in mind and every single function, from posting articles about recent events to setting up registration forms for upcoming trips, can be completed in under 60 seconds.

This means that any member of your school’s faculty can get help out with the school website should they want to, irrespective of their computer literacy or technical knowledge.

This includes students, who can publish their own articles, blogs and newsletters via the dedicated Student Publishing module.

It’s no secret that teachers are constantly pressed for time, which is why so many are hesitant to take on more responsibilities.

But with iClass, anyone can jump right in and start managing and publishing content in less than a minute, from students to the principal.

For more information, or to request a free website review or iClass demo, please get in touch with us today.

Improve the Optics of Your School with iClass

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In this day and age, it’s essential for everyone’s business to have some sort of digital representation, including schools.

But the quality of your school’s website, in addition to the features and services it offers, can have a massive impact on how the parents of prospective students view your school.

If the site looks professional, well-designed and is filled with up to date content, then it’s likely that parents will view your school in a positive and encouraging light.

However, if the site is slow to load and respond, features an outdated design, won’t load on mobile devices or lacks content about your school and its students, then it’s probable that parents will immediately be discouraged from learning more about your school.

This is why it’s so important that your school’s website is as cutting-edge as can be, as this will make your school stand out from the competition.

With iClass you get a bespoke, beautifully designed website that can be tailored to reflect the best and brightest aspects of your school.

With a range of handy features like event registration, a fully integrated mobile app that enables free parent-teacher communication, and a user friendly content management system that allows you to complete all tasks in under one minute, iClass is guaranteed to put your school at the top of the class.

Nothing Beats a Newsletter

When it comes to staying in touch with the parents of your school’s students, nothing quite beats the classic school newsletter.

And thanks to digital technologies and iClass, it’s never been easier (or freer!) to write, edit and publish a weekly or monthly school newsletter.

In fact, the iClass platform enables schools to create their very own dedicated Newsletter publishing category, and digital newsletters can include a variety of media types in addition to text, such as video, images and audio.

Similarly, digital school newsletters published using the iClass platform can host files for download, so parents can quickly access important files added to the newsletter such as permission slips or school closure notices.

Digital school newsletters are an easy way to keep parents up to date with the latest news from their children’s school, and don’t cost schools to write or publish as everything is done online.

Publishing a newsletter on your school’s website automatically pushes it the integrated iClass app so all parents will get instant access, and you can also send a free message with a link to newsletter to all registered parents.

For more information, or to organise a free iClass demo for your school today, please get in touch.

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Website design for schools in Dublin

Unsure about the importance of your school website? Or maybe your lacking the confidence or skills to manage the site? Regardless of the reason, it’s essential that you give your school website the right amount of attention and consideration.

As we’ve mentioned previously, your school website is the first thing most parents encounter when researching what your school has to offer for their children. As a result, it’s important that the website makes a good first impression every time.

iClass takes the stress out of running a school website and provides your school with a beautiful and bespoke site that’s tailored to highlight the benefits of your school for prospective parents.

It’s designed with the user in mind and every function on iClass websites can be completed in under a minute, from teacher and student publishing to super simple event registration and maintenance.

Get in touch with us today to organize your free iClass demo and learn exactly how iClass can improve your school website both visually and functionally, and enable your school to fully leverage all the benefits of digital technologies.

Promote Your School with Student Stories

One of the easiest ways to keep the content on your school website fresh and interesting is by asking students to contribute their own articles and blogs.

There’s plenty of topics to choose from such as events like the annual play or school musical, day trips to museums and galleries, class projects and so on.

Not every student is going to want to get involved, but you may be able to convince unlikely writers to try their hand at blogging by giving them the opportunity to talk about their favourite part of school.

Sports blogs are always popular with students and parents alike and are great for promoting school sports as one of the benefits of your school.

The parents of prospective students will be happy to hear from the kids themselves, and your school website’s search engine rankings will improve with every piece of unique content.

iClass makes student publishing super simple and straightforward for everyone and will boost the online presence of your school.

For more information, or to request a website review, please get in touch today.

Keep Costs Down with Free Event Registration

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One of the great things about digital technologies is how they can cut the costs of a range of traditional school expenses, such as money spent printing out flyers and registration forms for school events.

Whether you’re putting on a school play, taking the class to the zoo for the day or embarking on your annual school trip abroad, event registration costs and stack up over time, especially if your school regularly holds events for its students.

The iClass platform completely removes the costs for event registration thanks to its built-in event registration module, which as the name implies enables parents to learning about upcoming events and register their children for events via your school website or the iClass integrated app for parents.

In addition to accessing information and registration, parents can also make payments through the module while teachers can manage their own events with ease.

The registration module is just one of several great features available with the iClass platform.

To learn more, or to request a free website review, please get in touch with us today.

Why Mobile Matters

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A responsive website that perfectly displays on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is essential for any school that wants to make an impact online.

Responsive website design ensures web pages can render and display accurately on a wide variety of devices, including the aforementioned smartphones and tablets, plus laptops, PCs and other internet-enabled devices.

Put simply, the majority of parents will research about your school using a mobile device, and most likely it’ll be their smartphone.

So why exactly is responsive web design so important for school websites?

Your school’s website is the first thing they see about your school, but it could be the last if the site is unresponsive and unable to effectively showcase the reasons why your school should be their first choice for their children.

First impressions always count, but rarely more so than when it comes to parents choosing a school for their children.

By ensuing your school website is mobile responsive, you’re guaranteeing that all parents will be able to research about your school on your terms.

All iClass school websites are fully responsive on mobile devices.

For more information, or to request a free website review, get in touch today.

Edtech Trends to Watch Out for in 2019

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While educational technology enjoyed a stellar year of development and implementation in 2018, it’s really going to take off in 2019.

We’ve examined the most popular forms of edtech from 2018 to determine what edtech trends are going to take centre stage in the coming months.

The biggest and brightest edtech trend set for widescale adoption in 2019 is without a doubt experiential learning.

Put simply, experiential learning is a form of teaching that engages with the learner through a variety of experiences such as hands-on learning, collaboration, experimenting and analysing.

Edtech that supports experiential learning includes virtual reality and augmented reality, virtual labs, gamification and online platforms, so teachers have a wealth of edtech products to choose from when introducing this form of learning to students.

Another edtech trend set to take the educational world by storm is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide more personalised learning.

AI is used in a multitude of fields and is especially suited to education, thanks to the use AI in conjunction with data analytics to develop personalised learning experiences that cater to the specific needs of students.

For instance, AI can streamline grading and assessments, and will pick up on particular areas students are finding difficult and suggest revised learning topics.

The above are just two of the numerous edtech trends that are likely to see widespread adoption in 2019, but we believe both experiential learning and personalised learning by way of AI will have the biggest impact on students and teachers alike.

Teaching STEM with Drones

The past few years have seen a bigger focus on STEM subjects in schools across the world, as educators help students prepare for a potential career in the science and technology fields.

One of the great things about STEM subjects is the opportunity they offer for the introduction of a variety of new technologies into education, such as drones.

As pointed out in a recent article from Edtech Magazine, the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, Texas, launched the inaugural Bell Drone Competition in April of this year, challenging students to design, build and fly their very own drones.

The students were broken into teams, most of whom had never used a drone before, and were also tasked with programming the drone’s motors and servos.

One of the goals of the competition is to get girls interested in engineering, something which can be achieved easier when presenting lessons in a competitive format that incentives students to learn.

Edtech is revolutionising the classroom to the benefit of students and teachers, but as we can see from the above example there are other ways to get students interested in STEM that are both fun and educational.